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Mayor Doug Von Gausig completes civic leadership course

Clarkdale Mayor Doug Von Gausig, center, and 25 classmates recently completed the fall course of the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy.

Clarkdale Mayor Doug Von Gausig, center, and 25 classmates recently completed the fall course of the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy.

Clarkdale Mayor Doug Von Gausig recently completed the fall 2011 Flinn-Brown Academy, a Civic Leadership course.

Von Gausig and 25 classmates were selected through a competitive process designed to ensure that each academy includes representatives with a broad range of experience and perspectives. Candidates must exhibit a commitment to civic engagement and an ability to be an effective leader.

"We learned in-depth about the State of Arizona, how it works, what its challenges are, what its strengths are and what we need to do in the future to bring our state forward," Von Gausig said. "My classmates were some of the finest, brightest, most inspiring people I have met in my life. I'm excited and anxious to put the knowledge and lessons learned at Flinn-Brown to work for Arizona, for Clarkdale and for the Verde Valley."

Fellows accepted into the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy must be able to analyze substantive, state-level policy issues and have the capacity and willingness to make fact-driven decisions, consider different perspectives and base public-policy decisions on serving the common good.

The Flinn Foundation and Thomas R. Brown Foundations formed a partnership to create the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership.

Administered by the Flinn Foundation, the Center works to strengthen civic leadership in Arizona and foster collaboration among all types of organizations involved in civic leadership and civic engagement.

-Philip Wright

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